Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Everybody's Goin' to Minnesota...

Liza is in Minnesota this week. I just told her that Dereck and I booked a cabin at Bear Track which is about an eleven hour drive from here, in Minnesota. Liza tells me the mosquito is the state bird. Can't hardly wait.

We will check in for a week in August. We will have a cabin with no electricity, no running water, and no indoor plumbing (but we will have an outhouse) which is what we wanted, noting that the notion of going to a cabin with air conditioning and direct TV is ridiculous and hardly camping at all.

This will be camping.

There is also a Finnish sauna. She (the owner) says our dog will love it (the campsite, not the sauna). We are very excited and can't wait! It is also very cheap, with one night free because we're staying for four nights mid-week. Dereck asked me if I planned to get a lot of writing done. Yes. That is the point of a cabin with butane lamps. But yes, this is a true writing retreat (but I get to have sex too).

Tonight I worked on my consulting gig, with my other responsibilities laced throughout, and I think they are impressed not only with the quickness of my work, but with the quality. The researcher remarked that she couldn't even tell what I had trimmed to make the application meet the page requirements. I created hypotheses. I wrote the background section. I revised the methods and design section and wrote part of the specific aims section. And I made it all come together and relate to the criteria of the RFA. It may not get funded, but it's much better than it was.

The researcher and I exchanged photos and I remembered late today that we were on the same snowy bus from Banff to Calgary and then she sat behind me on the plane. She started having a sugar crash and I gave her a Zone bar so she wouldn't throw up. It is a small small world.

I didn't work out today, except for walking the dog a lot, but I did have a piece of cheesecake with my salad at lunch time.

And I ate every bite of my bread.

I just finished making a power point presentation for a 9:00 presentation tomorrow morning about a topic I can do in my sleep. Those kinds of projects are always fun.

Now it is time to disconnect the internet IV and go do something else.


  1. EVERYone's going to MN, aren't they? I'm going to be up there myself for a long weekend in late August. The only other time I've been there was when a bunch of us went to Valleyfair!, and yes, the mosquito is the state bird (something about those ten thousand lakes that encourages breeding). We couldn't figure out why every shop at the park sold repellant, but then the sun started going down and we figured it out wit a quickness.

    My cabin, however, has A/C and cable. Camping wasn't part of the deal, yo. :)

  2. Seems like you're always jetting off somewhere. I'm jealous! =D Have a great time!

    - Pie